Stipa pulchra

Stipa pulchra

purple needlegrass



  • Our state grass grows 2 to 3 feet tall but can be taller in flower
  • Has iridescent inflorescence in spring setting seed and curing early for a perennial (by the end of May)
  • Can take mowing often will green up in summer after mowing grazing or fire
  • Found in dry sunny grasslands but can grow in oak woodlands and chaparral
  • It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions
  • Found in all sections

Albany Hill, Berkeley, Briones RP, Chabot RP, Diablo Foothills RP, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Kensington, Lime Ridge, Mt. Diablo, Mt. Diablo north, Mt. Diablo south, Oakland, Orinda, Pt. Pinole, Redwood RP, Richmond, Shell Ridge, Sibley RP, Tilden RP, Wildcat RP


1 gallon, 2 gallon, Deepot

bloom season Apr
pollinators Butterflies
habitat Chaparral
growth habit Clumping
dormancy Evergreen
sun Full Sun
flower color Inconspicuous
bloom season Jun
water Low
bloom season May
soil Moderate
soil Poor
water Very low

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